BMS Group members
Current members of the BMS group
Cecilia Persson - Professor
I lead the BioMaterial Systems (BMS) research group within the Division of Applied Materials Science. My aim is to take an integrated approach to solving clinical problems. To do this, we use our combined competence in materials science, mechanical and biological engineering.
I am the co-ordinator of the NU-SPINE network, an international Innovative Training Network funded by the EU, aiming to develop new materials and implants for the spine.
From 2020, I will be the director of VINNOVA Competence Centre AddLife, focusing on the development, provision and support of future competence in Additive Manufacturing (3D-printing) for the Life Sciences. Many synergies are expected with the Ångström Initiative on Additive Manufacturing, where I am chair of the advisory board.
- 2018-current Professor in Applied Materials Science with Specialization in Biomaterials, Uppsala University
- 2015-2018 Senior lecturer/Assoc. Prof. in Engineering Science with Specialization in Materials Science, Uppsala University
- 2011-2015 Lecturer/Ass. Prof. in Engineering Science with Specialization in Materials Science, Uppsala University
- 2009-2011 Researcher, Uppsala University.
- 2006-2009 PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
- 2005-2006 Researcher, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli
- 1999-2004 European MSc in Materials Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Lorraine University of Technology (EEIGM), Technical University of Catalonia
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ALEJANDRO LÓPEZ - research engineer
One of my main responsibilities is to act as an interface between our group, its suppliers, users and collaborators. I give support in the areas of materials synthesis and analysis, tribo-mechanical testing, surface analysis, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ICP spectroscopy. I also provide scientific/technical consulting services to local and international companies as well as manage our laboratory, and source supplies and equipment.
- 2010-2014 PhD in Engineering Physics with Specialization in Materials Science, Uppsala University
- 2007-2009 MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia & Luleå Technical University
- 2000-2005 BEng in Materials Engineering, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela
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SUSAN PEACOCK - PROJECT COORDINATOR
Susan joined the group in November 2017 as a part-time Project Coordinator.
- 2017-current Project Coordinator, Uppsala University
- 2012-2017 Portfolio Manager, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK
- 2008-2012 PhD Molecular Electronics, Bangor University, UK
- 2004-2008 MSc in Chemistry, Bangor University, UK
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Cecilia Alsmark - Project Coordinator
Cecilia joined the group in June 2019 as a part-time project coordinator.
- 2019-March 2020 Project coordinator, Uppsala University
- 2018-current Research officer, Uppsala University
- 2013-2018 Researcher, National Veterinay Institute, Uppsala
- 2009-current Researcher, Uppsala University
- 2004-2008 Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, Newcastle University
- 2003-2004 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Natural History Museum, London
- 1997-2002 PhD Molecular Evolution, Uppsala University
- 1992-1996 MSc in Biotechnology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Dan Wu - Post doc
I am a Post doc with focus on biomechanics of trabecular bone, including material-level trabecular elastic properties, screw implant primary stability and a bit augmentation material in bone. Research techniques used are mainly microCT, digital volume correlation and FEM.
- MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, 2014, Shandong University, China
- PhD in Biomaterial Systems in September 2019, Uppsala University, Sweden
Anders Westermark - PhD Student
My research project is aimed at biomaterials for bone defects, especially more complicated cases with large bone loss and difficult biological conditions. The research is performed parallel to working at Uppsala University hospital.
- 2011 Board certified specialist in orthopaedic surgery
Charlotte Skjöldebrand - PhD Student
My research concerns characterization of silicon nitride based amorphous coatings for joint implants. Coating are investigated because of their possibility to reduce the wear and ion release and consequently increase the lifespan of joint implants. I evaluate these coatings using nanoindentation, XPS, SEM, AFM, XRD as well as cell studies. Read more about my research here.
- MSc in Material Science, 2008, Uppsala University
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SALIM GHANDOUR -PHD STUDENT
I am a PhD student working as part of the NU-SPINE network. My focus is on developing spinal fusion implant designs. My interest in the medical field stems from my undergraduate course at the University of Leeds where I worked on developing a methodology to calculate friction on lubricated three-dimensional surfaces, specifically hip joint prosthetics. I also provide assistance in ongoing MSc projects within the group.
- 2019-current PhD in Engineering Sciences with a specialization in Materials Science
- 2015-2019 MEng, BEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Hanna Nilsson Åhman - Industrial PhD Student
I am a PhD student working on joint project between Uppsala University and the research institute Swerim, Stockholm, where we will be looking at developing magnesium-based alloys for additive manufacturing. Magnesium alloys have an excellent biocompatibility, suitable mechanical properties, and biodegradability, making it a promising material for orthopedic scaffolding applications. Combined with additive manufacturing it allows for the manufacturing of patient-specific implants.
- 2018 Research intern at Solliance Solar Research, TNO, Netherlands
- 2013-2018 MSc Materials Science and Engineering, Luleå Technical University / Lorraine University of Technology (EEIGM)
Jenny Carlsson - PhD Student
I am a doctoral student in solid mechanics. I work on numerical modelling of rapid fractures in cellular materials, with special focus on wood and bone. I am especially interested in phase field models for fracture, which I find mathematically beautiful since they give the crack path as a result of free energy minimisation.
- 2013-2015 Durability analysis engineering consultant at Scania Group
- 2011-2013 Durability analysis engineer, Volvo Car Group
- 2011-2012 MSc in Applied Mechanics, Chalmers University of Technology
Luimar Correa Filho - PhD Student
Elin Åkerlund - Project Student
Yuling Liu - Project Student
I am a master student in chemistry doing my master thesis in the BMS group from January to June 2019. My degree project will focus on optimizing the foaming conditions of porous bioceramics based on spider silk protein-ladden calcium phosphates. The project aims at combining calcium phosphates, apatite and brushite with recombinant spider silk as a foaming template. The materials will be later used in vitro to assess the synergy of the organic and inorganic matrices as a potential scaffold for bone regeneration.
RACHEL STOAKES - MSC STUDENT
I am a masters student in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Glasgow and I'm doing my masters thesis in the BMS group from July to December 2019. My degree project is evaluating a low modulus bone cement for use in the intervertebral disc.
CHARLOTTE HOPKINSON - MSC STUDENT
I am a biomedical engineering student and I am undertaking my masters thesis at Uppsala University from July until December 2019. My project involves developing and optimising trabecular based structures using two different types of 3D printers, FDM and SLS. Trabecular model composition and printing parameters will be altered until a model is produced that is suitable for bone scaffolding applications. One important aspect of the models I will be investigating are the mechanical properties as well as the resolution and accuracy of the models.
Anna Diez Escudero
I am a post-doc researcher in the BMS group. My focus consists of developing 3D printed scaffolds for bone regeneration purposes. My main interests are developing ceramic bio-inks and polymer composites applicable in additive manufacturing, their physico-chemical and mechanical characterization and their biological response.
- 2018-September 2019 Researcher, Uppsala University
- 2012-2017 Ph.D. Material Science and Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia
- 2010-2012 MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia and Luleå Technical University
Professor Hall has an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Leeds and was awarded a PhD from the University of Lancaster. He rejoined the University of Leeds as a jointly appointed Lecturer in the Schools of Mechanical Engineering and Medicine. His appointment is now solely within the School of Mechanical Engineering. Residing within the School his research interests are related to medical engineering particularly of the spine as well as other joints including the hip.
Professor Hall is a visiting professor until September 2019.
- 2018 - 2019, Christina Stelzl, research assistant. The biological response to biomaterials.
- 2018 - 2019, Gry Hulsart-Billström, post-doctoral researcher. The biological response to biomaterials. Currently a researcher in the Biomaterials for trauma Group the Dept Surgical Science, Orthopedics, Uppsala University
- 2018, Iain Christie, MSc Project Student. Investigating the use of a low-modulus bone cement in new applications.
- 2018, Jun Luo, PhD. Calcium Phosphate Based Biomaterials for Bone Augmentation. Now a post-doctoral researcher at Sichuan University.
- 2018, Léa Le Scouarnec, visiting student. Preparation and characterization of new antibiotic-loaded bone cement for vertebroplasty.